San Diego Weekend Events | August 12 – 14

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It’s going to be a beautiful San Diego summer weekend! Eat your weight in tacos, browse local art al fresco, play with a bunch of dogs on the beach, and party at a street fair in Hillcrest – all happening in America’s Finest City! Check out our top 5 San Diego weekend events right here. Please be sure and check ticket availability prior to attending any event, as some will sell out.

ArtWalk NTC at Liberty Station

When: Saturday Aug 13 & Sunday Aug 14; 10am-6pm
Where: Liberty Station; 2645 Historic Decatur Rd.
What: Check out the work of over 100 artists, enjoy a dozen musical performers, gourmet food, and interactive kids’ activities at KidsWalk. Experience art ‘al fresco’ and meet with artists to hear what inspires them about their work. Most items will be on sale! Whether you’re a seasoned collector, a family on vacation or are simply ready to be inspired, come to ArtWalk NTC to discover some great art.

Latin Food Fest

When: Saturday Aug 13 & Sunday Aug 14; 12pm-4pm
Where: Embarcadero Marina Park North
What: The epic ¡Latin Food Fest! includes a kick-off party, two-day ultimate tasting experience, and a private chef’s dinner – so each guest will have endless opportunities to indulge! Pay one price for an all-inclusive Latin food, wine and spirits festival, and discover new and interesting dishes from San Diego’s finest Latin restaurants while dancing to the Cuban rhythms of Amistad Cubana (on tour from Cuba). Proceeds benefit the Campanile Foundation.

Cardiff Dog Days of Summer

When: Saturday Aug 13; 9:30am-6pm
Where: Newcastle Ave & Aberdeen Dr, Encinitas 92007
What: Dog Days of Summer is San Diego County’s largest dog-centric event for dogs and dog lovers! Beginning at 10am watch or enter in 4 different dog contests including Cutest Puppy, Dog/Owner Look-A-Like, Best Looking Big Dog and Best Looking Small Dog. After the contest, local musical talents will be showcased in conjunction with the Lost Abbey beer garden, with Second Cousins at 1 pm and Trouble in the Wind at 3:00 PM. Bring your pup and enjoy a beer and some sunshine while listening to local tunes!

SEE ALSO: La Jolla Music Society SummerFest Kicks Off its 30th Year!

Tacotopia at the Track

When: Saturday Aug 13; 1pm-4pm
Where: Del Mar Fairgrounds
What: Find the best taco in Southern California! Try signature tacos from more than 40 of the best restaurants and food trucks from San Diego, Los Angeles and Tijuana, as they compete for bragging rights at Tacotopia at the Track. Each attendee will be given a token to place in the voting box of their favorite vendor. While you eat your weight in tacos, you can also enjoy live music and the excitement of the races.

Hillcrest CityFest

When: Sunday Aug 14; 12pm-11pm
Where: 5th Ave & University Ave
What: CityFest takes place in the heart of Hillcrest and is a huge celebration of community spirit through music, arts, crafts, and food, and attracts 150,000+ attendees each year! With a rich history of community and spirit, Hillcrest has a lot to celebrate. Guests will enjoy games, activities, more than 250 vendors, live headliner music, a beer garden and much more. Then stay past sundown and dance with top DJss under the Hillcrest sign for CityFest Night!


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Emily Ruchlewicz

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